Candidates Running for Presidency Must Have Been Elected to a Public Office
PRO (3 arguments)
“Elected public official” means a person elected to hold an office in the United States created by the Constitution or laws of a state.” This definition is in accordance with the National Conference of State Legislatures which stated that people who have held a military position qualify as elected, because the highest officials in the military are chosen by a military tribunal. Thus, any person who has held an official role in the military would be allowed to run for President.
No one thought Donald Trump would win, even Donald Trump himself. Now that he’s shown everyone the power of being a celebrity can win a national election, other celebrities are going to run. Now that Trump has won, other unqualified celebrities are saying they will run for President in 2020. Following Trump's win, actor Ron Perlman, best known for his movie “Hellboy,” took to Facebook to proclaim, "I am hereby using my immense Facebook presence to announce my candidacy for President of United States, 2020.” Other celebrities who said they are running in 2020 include rapper Kanye West, action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, rap singer Will Smith, comedian Chris Rock, pop singer Katy Perry and TV star Oprah Winfrey, according to the magazine “Business Insider.”
If we don’t put this requirement for prior public office into our Constitution, the Presidency will be just another popularity contest like the show “Dancing with the Stars,” instead of a reflection of who is most qualified to lead the country. The candidates for the most serious job in the world will continue to be sillier and more dangerous. Judge, do you really want to live in a country led by President Kanye West and Vice President Katy Perry? If we don’t adopt this resolution, this could actually happen. There is nothing to stop it.
Business Insider, The Fiscal Times
There are only 5 US presidents, including president-elect Trump, who have never been elected to a public office before. These presidents are generally thought to have been bad presidents. As president of the united states you have many responsibilities that can be learned through running for public office. If a doctor and a governor both ran for president, the doctor could be a great doctor, but the governor would almost definitely be more prepared to be a president. A candidate that has experience and is more prepared for the job would be a smarter choice. The very well respected 1996 Schlesinger poll asked scholars and historians to rate the presidents. Of the 4 presidents we have had that were not elected to public office, three of them were rated below average or failures. These failures include Hoover, who was president during the Great Depression, and was viewed as incapable of solving this economic hardship. Taylor, who died in the middle of his term, but accomplished next to nothing. And Grant, who historians say was weak and ineffectual and associated himself with dishonest men who gave him bad advice. So 3 out of 4 Presidents, or 75%, who did not hold public office were judged BY SCHOLARS AND HISTORIANS as BAD Presidents. Conversely, of those Presidents who were rated Great or Near Great, 9 out of 9, or 100%, had prior public office experience. Thus, 230 years of history has shown that for the highest office in the land, experience in governing counts.
Clearly, when a US president has not been previously elected to public office we have a 75% chance of getting a BAD president. When we have had Presidents who have held elected office, we have a 100% chance of a GREAT president.
Schlesinger poll, pbs.org., usnews.com, usatoday.com
It is dangerous for a President to take office and then learn how to govern and lead. There is no time for on-the-job training when you are responsible for the safety and well-being of hundreds of millions of people. Judge - would you hire an inexperienced person to perform brain surgery on you who is not even a doctor? Then why would we want a president who has no idea how to govern and has his finger on the nuclear trigger?
The duties of the President are spelled out in our Constitution. Article II q\says the president’s main responsibilities are to serve as chief executor of the laws, to be commander in chief of the military, to “make treaties” with the Senate’s approval, and to appoint Supreme Court justices. The president’s job, then, largely involves knowledge of the law, particularly the Constitution; familiarity with the military; familiarity with foreign policy; and a working knowledge of how federal government operates. The best way to learn these skills is to be a politician, since a politician learns some of the skills no matter what their job is.
An unqualified US president puts the whole world at risk. Donald Trump will be the only US president ever with no political or military experience. The impact of this is that we must require future presidential candidates to have at least some experience in governing, which can be shown by, at a minimum, holding public office.
Politico and political writer Ari Armstrong